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September 20
I traded in my iPad to Best Buy and completely forgot to cancel the wireless recurring charges before I handed it over. How can I cancel my recurring charge on my iPad 3G account...without the iPad? [more inside]
posted by MultiFaceted to Computers & Internet at 6:06 PM - 6 answers

Is there an Android Widget that will allow me to display a subset of data from Google Spreadsheets? I keep track of my budget in a spreadsheet, and I would like to display the balances in a quick way on my phone without actually having to open the Google Sheets application. [more inside]
posted by SpacemanStix to Technology at 1:59 PM - 2 answers

Need to replace my laptop at short notice. Should I blow my bank account and get a MacBook Air, or pick up a Chromebook (or the like) as a stopgap measure while continuing to save up for the Pro I really want? [more inside]
posted by Sara C. to Computers & Internet at 12:17 PM - 23 answers

My baby girl was born in May and I'm setting up a 529 for her. I've decided to go with one of the age-based options under the Utah 529 plan, but I can't decide between the domestic aggressive option or the global aggressive option. [more inside]
posted by missjenny to Work & Money at 7:24 AM - 3 answers

As parents of four year olds we don't get out much, and we're out of touch with the Twin Cities dining scene. Here's what we like; hoping someone has an inspired suggestion... [more inside]
posted by werkzeuger to Food & Drink at 5:22 AM - 10 answers

I inherited this ornament from my dad, who had inherited it from his father. I believe my grandfather found it in Ireland in the forties. Flickr photo set [more inside]
posted by *becca* to Grab Bag at 4:18 AM - 5 answers

I'm very curious how actors are taught to shed their accents or mimic an accent. [more inside]
posted by tckma to Writing & Language at 3:08 AM - 11 answers

September 19
I want to get a box about the right size for lying in or sitting down in (or both) for as cheap as possible, that will close tightly but with air holes and stuff. [more inside]
posted by curuinor to Shopping at 10:58 PM - 5 answers

My brain often composes short melodies that float around my head for a while and then dissolve. Since my inner composer is twelve years old, these melodies tend to sound like the background music to old Nintendo games, early Zelda / Mario Brothers and that kind of thing. What they cry out for is to be put on loop while Link ventures out to boomerang Octorocks. I'd like to make this a reality. Presumably we're talking MIDI. Please suggest (a) software for this purpose, and (b) approaches to learning basic harmonization and instrumentation, especially in the context of some specific answer to (a). [more inside]
posted by hoist with his own pet aardvark to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation at 9:25 PM - 3 answers

It seems like there's this trend for (usually senior) professors to have a website (usually completely devoid of any CSS) filled with advice to juniors, strong opinions, and notes on very specific topics. Do you know of any? [more inside]
posted by spec to Computers & Internet at 8:59 PM - 17 answers

As long as I've had an iPhone I've used the default email app, Mail, linked to my primary gmail address, along with my secondary gmail address that forwards to my primary mailbox. After upgrading my iPhone 5 to the 6, I've lost the ability to use an Exchange account for gmail so that new mail pushes to the Mail app. See here. [more inside]
posted by arm426 to Computers & Internet at 7:59 PM - 10 answers

As I write this, a cat is sdddaf constantly mushi`ng her face into my hands and keyboard. I've known a fair number of cats. There seems to be this subset of them that suddenly get really aggressively snuggly. What gives? What can I do to help them feel less needy? [more inside]
posted by slidell to Pets & Animals at 6:49 PM - 13 answers

I found two weird little green/blue/grey bits inside a 1 lb package of ground beef. Not spots on the outside of the meat but little 3-d bits of something found inside the meat while crumbling it into a pan. It is grass-fed beef from a local ranch. They have all their meat packed at a USDA approved plant and all. This is my first time ordering beef from them so I don't know what to think. I've never seen this in grass-fed or regular beef, ever. What could it be?
posted by atinna to Food & Drink at 5:46 PM - 15 answers

So I'm moving and getting roommates, any advice from the green on how to move forward with my life? [more inside]
posted by lunastellasol to Human Relations at 5:13 PM - 13 answers

Creative people of Metafilter, help me come up with a fun hall pass to use in my classroom of high school seniors. [more inside]
posted by NoraCharles to Education at 3:42 PM - 24 answers

I'm looking for an example of "cheating the system" in a positive way. Often times cheating the system results in people being cheated as well, when does cheating the system benefit people without hurting others?
posted by robadobdob to Human Relations at 9:35 AM - 33 answers

I was given a Droid X2 that I'd like to re-use as a music player, etc. The phone has been...reset? and is at the 'call Verizon' screen. I have zero experience installing operating systems on Android phones. Is there a way to install an alternate OS on this phone that would let me use it? All the walkthroughs I've seen assume you can install software on the phone. I have PCs and Macs available to use to help install what I need.
posted by pibeandres to Technology at 8:43 AM - 1 answers

I'm wasting a ton of money on my current cell phone/home internet plan. To tighten up, I could pay the cancellation fee to AT&T, and for almost a third the monthly cost, give up the home network and switch to something like ConsumerCellular or (from a comparison website) T-Mobile's Simple Starter plan (600 minutes, 500 messages, 2GB; data pass available for unexpected overage; I can keep my iPhone 4). Roaming is not a big issue. [more inside]
posted by mmiddle to Shopping at 7:26 AM - 15 answers

I am a new mom to a six week old baby. My husband and I are part of a close group of friends we haven't seen in a while. They're eager to meet this baby and we'd like to let that happen next weekend. However, please help me firmly yet politely tell them they can't touch her until she's a little bigger. [more inside]
posted by dmbfan93 to Human Relations at 4:53 AM - 57 answers

I love this gorgeous 70's kimono coat from Eileen Fisher, except for a few things. Can you help me find a replacement? [more inside]
posted by sweltering to Shopping at 3:31 AM - 10 answers

September 18
I work in state government and my position may soon shift to policy analysis, which would include writing and revising policies, procedures, and regulations. I have plenty of experience researching regulations, but not as much in the areas of writing and revising. Can anyone recommend any resources (books or websites) which may be helpful for this type of writing? Thank you! [more inside]
posted by onecircleaday to Writing & Language at 11:53 PM - 6 answers

In 1979, David Bowie did a desert island discs kind of show on New Years Eve that was broadcast on an indie radio station in DC. [more inside]
posted by Mr. Yuck to Media & Arts at 10:13 PM - 7 answers

When I was having a particularly rough time at home I told a good friend that I was thinking about living in my car for a while. Some time later he mentioned having told another friend about it, laughing about how ridiculous of an idea it was. I feel betrayed. I've told him how that made me feel and he doesn't seem to care so I don't know what to do. [more inside]
posted by blackzinfandel to Human Relations at 8:08 PM - 28 answers

I prefer drinking alone, the problem is I tend to overdue it - what is the zen of drinking alone? [more inside]
posted by lpcxa0 to Food & Drink at 6:32 PM - 34 answers

I'm taking next week off to do two things. The first is to develop some habits that are conducive to me writing continually, daily and with presentable results. The second is to actually have a product by the end of the week. I'm thinking one good and fairly polished short story. Please give me advice and ideas about how to accomplish this. Do you need a place to work that is for "writing only"? Do you have a daily routine? Did you have to develop self-discipline? Do you have rituals like meditation or having tea or writing by candle light? Do you listen to music? With an entire week to do whatever I want, how do I best use my time for writing? [more inside]
posted by snsranch to Writing & Language at 5:53 PM - 12 answers

Getting back in the online dating saddle, and I would love some honest critiques of my profile. In the past I haven't had much luck, but I've decided to give it another go (and yes, I'm aware of the dismal stats on black women, but I also think my profile could have been stronger). So for those of you who enjoy this sort of thing, any advice you have to offer would be fantastic. [more inside]
posted by Fiorentina97 to Human Relations at 4:20 PM - 21 answers

For the past few years, I've had to deal with what seems like procrastination's more stubborn cousin. It's not just a tendency to put things off- it feels like a visceral, physically-manifested resistance to doing things that should involve no forethought in terms of effort whatsoever, or that do, but that would only serve to help me better myself if I managed to get them done. [more inside]
posted by marsbar77 to Human Relations at 3:26 PM - 17 answers

Found RIGHT ON the train tracks at the Watsessing Station - near Newark, NJ, and s/he definitely was NOT in a safe place, so I scooped the little one right up out of there - but now what do I do? [more inside]
posted by lilboo to Pets & Animals at 3:01 PM - 11 answers

Are these things truffles? If they are, what kind are they, and, if they're edible, how should I prepare them? [more inside]
posted by Dr. Wu to Home & Garden at 2:21 PM - 13 answers

I had a really lousy childhood, and it left me with the belief that the world is basically cruel and threatening and that people are just looking for excuses to judge you and put you down. I really envy the kind of people who feel like the world is good to them, that they are lucky, that people generally like them, and that things will turn out for the best. I'd like to shift my mindset, but how? Do you have any good techniques or reading suggestions that will help me develop a more positive worldview? [more inside]
posted by lemerle to Grab Bag at 1:18 PM - 27 answers

What are jobs that would allow for nearly unlimited downtime? How do you go about finding one? [more inside]
posted by Fuego to Work & Money at 11:52 AM - 56 answers

I want to move the contents of the current C-drive (128GB SSD) to a new 250GB SSD and wonder if it's best using a USB-SATA cable before the new SSD is properly installed inside the pc. [more inside]
posted by peacay to Computers & Internet at 9:57 AM - 5 answers

Applying for multiple similar positions at a company (non-profit). Can I re-use the same cover letter? [more inside]
posted by anansi to Work & Money at 8:36 AM - 6 answers

A third party recruiter has contacted me about a position. After speaking with them, the position sounds very exciting and is an exact fit for my experience and interests. However, based on our most recent conversation, it is clear the position is with a client of my current employer (a management consulting firm). How do I move forward from here? [more inside]
posted by CharlieSue to Work & Money at 8:29 AM - 8 answers

I developed a PDF in Illustrator that is 30MB. I need to get it down to an emailable ~1MB. I've found two services to help me with this: Opening in OS X Preview and doing a PDF export, or using smallpdf.com. Both make them small enough. However .... [more inside]
posted by blueshammer to Computers & Internet at 7:43 AM - 13 answers

There's a scene in the 1957 film version of 12 Angry Men where Juror No. 7 starts whistling and No. 2. tells him to knock it off. 7 replies, "Okay, okay, okay, killer...yeah." (At 56:50 here.) The way he says it, it seems like Jack Warden is impersonating someone, but I have no idea who. Any ideas? Or, if it's not an impersonation, why the clear change of voice from that character?
posted by Pater Aletheias to Media & Arts at 7:11 AM - 6 answers

There is a game called Dungeon Scroll for Android and Apple devices. You get some times and spell a bunch of words and the score of the words kill various creatures. It's pretty low-tech. I absolutely LOVE this game and have had it for years. I'm trying to find something similar that's maybe a little more sophisticated...saves my game progress as I go, leveling up means something, idk. [more inside]
posted by sio42 to Grab Bag at 5:45 AM - 9 answers

Is there a word that means "discriminating on the basis of religion"? The closest thing I can think of is "creedist", which isn't an actual word. Is there a word that means what "creedist" would mean if it were a word that existed? Thanks!
posted by Enchanting Grasshopper to Writing & Language at 5:26 AM - 16 answers

Can you think of a single word for a person or organisation who aspires to follow new trends and fashions? Not "hipster", which is in the ballpark, but closer to the business idea of a "fast follower"? Doesn't need to have negative connotations.
posted by dontjumplarry to Writing & Language at 3:36 AM - 29 answers

First off I absolutely am not a gal on the whole 50 shades bandwagon. Let's get this straight right now ;). I'm talking about actual kink. When I say daddy dom, I'm not meaning full on age play, just doing the bratty sub thing. (Almost like a little but not quite to the same extent). [more inside]
posted by neanderloid to Human Relations at 2:18 AM - 12 answers